Happy Birthday,

America!

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Celebrate America's Birthday in America's Birthplace.

Philadelphia commemorates Independence Day in a big way, in the place where it all began. 

Celebrations kick off with Wawa Welcome America, a multi-day festival of fun, free, family events for all ages, races, and cultures to enjoy, June 28 - July 4.

In the Historic District, historic sites and attractions around Independence Mall host special programming and extend their hours of operation to welcome the thousands who come to the area to join in the celebrations.  Click to download daily schedule of events.

Independence Week Activities

Wawa Hoagie Day
Wawa Hoagie Day

This annual tradition celebrates one of Philly's favorite foods and honors the troops. Wawa associates prepare and distribute 20,000+ free hoagies on Independence Mall to visitors. June 28, Noon - 2 p.m. 

Historic District Block Party
Historic District Block Party

Thousands of attendees come out to a enjoy relaxed, fun block party in the Historic District with food trucks, two stages of music, and entertainment including stilt walkers, a Kids Zone, and historical characters. July 3, Noon - 7 p.m.

 

POPs on Independence
POPs on Independence

The 65-piece Philly POPS orchestra perform a free concert in front of Independence Hall, enjoyed by 15,000 attendees each year. This year's show features Broadway star Heather Hadley. July 3, 7 - 9 p.m. 

Independence Day at the Visitor Center

Declaration Readings
Declaration Readings

Witness the proclamation! A fife-and-drum procession lead Thomas Jefferson himself to proclaim his newly penned Declaration of Independence from Great Britain right outside the 5th St. entrance to the Visitor Center. July 4, 9:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.

America's Birthday Party

Celebrate America's Birthday in its Birthplace with Betsy Ross and the iconic Termini Brothers Bakery! Sing "Happy Birthday" to the nation, before enjoying on of 2,500 free red, white, and blue cupcakes from Termini's, arranged into a giant American flag inside the North Entrance of the Visitor Center. July 4, 1 p.m. 

Other Special Events at the Visitor Center
Philadelphia Freedoms

Philadelphia Freedoms

On July 6, the Philadelphia Freedoms World Team Tennis coach and mascot (Nettie King) will be at the Visitor Center to meet and greet fans, and celebrate their upcoming season, with tickets now available at the Visitor Center.
Historic District Sites
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Betsy Ross House

Betsy Ross House

Christ Church Burial Ground

Christ Church Burial Ground

City Tavern Interior

City Tavern

Franklin Square

Franklin Square

Independence After Hours Founding Fathers

Independence After Hours

Independence Hall

Independence Hall

Independence Mall

Independence Mall

Independence Visitor Center

Independence Visitor Center

The Liberty Bell

Liberty Bell Center

Museum of the American Revolution

Museum of the American Revolution

National Constitution Center

National Constitution Center

National Museum of American Jewish History

National Museum of American Jewish History

Philly PHLASH Downtown Loop

Philly PHLASH Downtown Loop

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